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Colonel Harlee's Notes on 12245 James Robertson
The will of  Elijah Robertson..., dated 17 Feb 1797, names  James [Robertson] last among the list of his five children. The third child named was " Sterling" who we know was born 2 Oct 1785. It is presumed that James was born between 1786 and 1796.
The next mention of this  James Robertson found in the records is in a deed recorded in Will Book 1-2, p. 129, Clerk of Court, Davidson Co., Tenn., from "William Maclin, Sen."....conveying a negro to him. It was then customary to assign a slave to a child, the duty of the slave being to care for its young master. This conveyance was witnessed by a James Robertson, presumed to have been  General James Robertson...and by John Childress...[married 12241] who was or later became husband of  Elijah Robertson's daughter. The Sarah Robertson mentioned in the deed was mother of the grantee,  James Robertson and widow of his father,  Elijah Robertson.
DEED FOR NEGRO
 James Robertson son of  Elijah Robertson. A Deed of Gifts.
Inasmuch as no further record has been found of this  James Robertson and as  Elijah and Sarah (Maclin) Robertson's grandson reported that they had only two sons [122431 E. S. C. Robertson]..., it is presumed that the third son died young. He probably died shortly after 4 Jun 1798 when he was given the negro Charles and in Nashville, Tenn., where his widowed mother lived.
[Note by Tom Robertson: Colonel Harlee's assumption that 12245 James Robertson died young may or may not be accurate since it is based solely on a hearsay document produced in 1875, and further investigation is required before the assumption becomes a final conclusion.]
Source: William Curry Harlee, Kinfolks: A Genealogical and Biographical Record, 3 vols. (New Orleans: Searcy & Pfaff, 1935-37), 3: 2597.
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